Director, Mary Roxburghe Trust

Closing date:11/02/2020 Job Description:

Reporting to the Board, the Director is responsible for the strategic leadership of, and successful day-to-day running of, the Mary Roxburghe Trust. The Director will oversee and deliver the organisation’s business plan and ensure sound financial management, take responsibility for managing and progressing fruitful relationships with a wide range of stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally. The role will involve the healthy stewardship of donors, funders and collaborators as well as seeking out opportunities for new partnerships and revenue streams. The role will also involve the planning and oversight of the next phases of restoration work at West Horsley Place, so a strong understanding and experience of heritage build projects will be important.

This is a small, energetic and ambitious charity, with much going on at any one time. This person needs to be as comfortable rolling up their sleeves to deal with detailed operational issues as with drawing up the medium-term Mary Roxburghe Trust, Appointment of Director strategy. There are numerous key stakeholders to manage, including Grange Park Opera, based during the summer in West Horsley Place’s house and gardens.

The Director will be responsible for leading a permanent team of seven and over 100 volunteers, working closely with the Board to lead on a clear and ambitious direction for the Trust. Alongside the development of the Trust’s charitable objectives around restoration and a broad-based cultural agenda, there will be a major focus on fundraising and commercial activity, both of which are necessary for the survival of West Horsley Place. The Director will need to balance this critical commercial agenda with delivering on the clear charitable purposes of the Trust.

Key Responsibilities

• To work with the Board to further develop the vision for Mary Roxburghe Trust as a heritage and arts venue;

• To forge a strong working relationship with the Board and its Chair who will provide support and expertise in developing and delivering the strategy;

• To recruit, develop, lead and manage a strong staff team including senior staff to support the Director on operations and commercial enterprises, education and fundraising;

• To drive the Trust’s fundraising effort, working with the Trust’s Head of Development;

• To develop marketing and communications strategies locally, nationally and internationally;

• To represent the Trust at meetings with architects, builders, contractors, funders and all others involved in the redevelopment of West Horsley Place;

• To develop and provide the strategic management of all cultural, heritage and educational activities within the site;

• To initiate audience development strategies and the promotion of the site, its products and services to enhance the positive profile of the Trust and the historic and artistic site and grow both visitor attendance and income generation;

• To plan and manage to successful completion the next phases of restoration at West Horsley Place;

• To identify and deliver income streams, consistent with the values and ethos of the Trust;

• To plan, develop and implement a commercial strategy to maximise the potential of income generating activities including venue hire, sponsorship and fundraising; and

• To lead on the annual budget setting process and to monitor the budgets for all areas.



Candidates will ideally possess all or most of the following skills and experience:

• A demonstrable enthusiasm and knowledge of the arts and heritage sector;

• A commitment to the values and legacy of the Mary Roxburghe Trust;

• A strong commitment to sustainability and its visible promotion at West Horsley Place;

• Ability to lead, motivate and manage in complex and unique organisations;

• A proven track record in leading fundraising activities;

• Ability to originate, cultivate and develop multiple partnerships;

• An open, inclusive and respectful management style;

• Ability to reach out to and engage a diverse range of stakeholders;

• Evidence-led decision-making skills;

• Clear analytical and strategic thinking;

• Excellent written and oral communication skills;

• An entrepreneurial appetite and the ability to adapt to new opportunities;

• Proven ability to shape and evolve organisational vision;

• High level financial management;

• A good commercial and charity understanding;

• Strong negotiation skills;

• An understanding of and commitment to inclusivity; and

• Previous experience of involvement with heritage organisations.

In essence, the Board is looking for a candidate who has a proven ability to lead and inspire a team in which everyone shares enthusiastically a vision of where we are heading. Such a candidate will also place a high priority on creating a warm and positive working environment for all members of the team.


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